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Your Emotional Wellbeing While Recovering From Plastic Surgery

by Constance M. Barone, MD, FACS
October 24th, 2019
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Set Accurate Expectations

Before your procedure, take time to write down your goals. Know what you are working toward so that you don’t lose sight of the reason you decided to get plastic surgery in the first place. Talk with your surgeon about the results you can expect, and how long recovery should last. Setting realistic expectations will lead to increased satisfaction and help you to be patient with the process.

Process Your Emotions After Surgery

One often overlooked aspect of recovery is the emotional rollercoaster it can bring. Results are not always immediately evident, but bruising and swelling is typically present. In addition, recovery almost always involves coming out of general anesthesia and taking pain medication. It is normal to think “what did I do?” or “did I make a mistake?” In fact, a common complication after surgery of any kind is post-surgical depression. Even the top plastic surgeon in San Antonio cannot tell you whether you will experience post-surgical depression. However, experienced plastic surgeons should inform you of the risk of post-surgical depression and give you the tools for handling all the emotions that come after surgery. If you feel depressed, anxious, or unsure after your procedure don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend, family member, or your plastic surgeon for help.

Looking Forward To Recovery

Toward the end of your recovery, it is a good time to take a look at the goals you wrote. Know that recovery is just one step in your journey toward reaching your goals. The good news is, despite the emotional rollercoaster, recovery does end. Bruising and swelling will go away, as will the need to be on pain medication. When it does end, you will be able to look at the changes you made with new eyes. Be thankful you were patient with your body while it healed, and start enjoying it.

When you are ready to start your plastic surgery journey, visit Barone Plastic Surgery. Dr. Barone is available to answer your questions and concerns about recovering from plastic surgery. Schedule your consultation by calling 210-610-8973.

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